Purl, a humanoid pink-colored ball of yarn, begins an entry-level position at a company named B.R.O. Capital. While excited at first to work there, she soon realizes that her partners ignore her, in spite of her attempts to fit in. After being left alone while her coworkers go out for a group lunch, a devastated Purl feels left out. Reassessing her place in the company, Purl observes from photos of the company's capital team that it is composed entirely of men in similar power suits and hairstyles. This inspires her to change her appearance and personality to resemble theirs. After the other employees return, Purl, now imitating her coworkers, is noticed by her coworkers, who invite her out for drinks. Before the group leaves, however, a yellow-colored ball of yarn named Lacy arrives at the office to begin working. Upon watching Lacy experience the same isolation she did by her coworkers, an empathetic Purl befriends Lacy, and invites her to join them for drinks. After some time has passed, Purl has returned to her original appearance, and B.R.O. Capital is shown to be staffed by a more equal combination of humans and balls of yarn, who work together as a team.
Pixar SparkShorts is an initiative that gives filmmakers the opportunity to realize their projects in an “independent” and low-budget manner. The program is designed to discover new storytellers, explore new storytelling techniques, and experiment with new production workflows. The films provide an opportunity to unlock the potential of individual artists and their inventive filmmaking approaches on a smaller scale than Pixar’s normal fare.